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Everyone loves Jennifer Lawrence. Or, at least, no one hates her. That's what Vice concluded on Wednesday after publishing a satirical article in which West Coast editor Jamie Lee Curtis Taete questioned some organizations Vice deemed hate groups on their opinion of the beloved Oscar winner.
The author approached the National Socialist Freedom Movement (a U.S. "white civil rights group"), the Westboro Baptist Church, the Institute for Historical Review (which Taete refers to as "Holocaust deniers"), the Nation of Islam ("a religious movement based largely around anti-Semitism, homophobia, and black supremacy"), the League of the South ("a group that advocates for the secession of the South"), and the extremist "cult" Tony Alamo Christian Ministries -- all of which appeared appropriately perplexed by questions about Lawrence. According to Tate's article, none of the groups hated her because none of them had really heard of her.
"You want a statement on Jennifer Lawrence? From the Westboro Baptist Church?" said the group's spokesperson. "I don't know enough about her. You know, we focus on things that we see in front of us. I haven't really taken a look at Jennifer Lawrence from a religious perspective or from a how-great-of-an-actress-she-is perspective. But I was taking a tour at NBC when I was in New York, and she was practicing a skit for 'Saturday Night Live.' That's about as much as I know about her."
A spokesperson for the Institute for Historical Review was equally confused.
"I just don't have any opinion about her," said the rep. "Look, I'm just astonished that you would ask me what I think about her. I just don't have any opinion."
The piece comes on the heels of Heather Havrilesky's Vulture feature last week, "Mila Kunis, Jennifer Lawrence, and the Delicate Formula for Becoming America’s Best Friend." In it, Havrilesky suggests that Lawrence's irresistibility results from her A-list position (beauty and talent) combined with her "Average Jane" hobbies, such as watching "SportsCenter" and eating "meats-on-sticks."
However, the author fails to note what we think is one of the biggest reasons the public appreciates JLaw so much.
Here's the secret to her success: Lawrence reveals Hollywood for what it really is, a glamorous veneer hiding an often dull foundation. And for those of us who have little hope of becoming A-listers, it's a relief from all that schadenfreude we so often feel when folks like Anne Hathaway simply bask in Hollywood's glow without questioning it (rallying up a nation of Hathahaters in the process).
Even back when Lawrence was training for "The Hunger Games," the blockbuster that landed her on the same fame level as Kristen Stewart, the 22-year-old Oscar winner didn't go on and on about how blessed she was. Instead she admitted that she detested working out for the role. And despite the fact that she gets more famous every day, Lawrence never fails to give Hollywood a reality check every step of the way.
Strolling up to accept her Best Actress Oscar last month -- every actress's dream moment -- Lawrence "ruined" the fantasy by tripping on her massive Christian Dior gown. "What happened? I tried to walk up stairs in this dress," she said afterwards.
Then there were the beautiful ads for Dior that emerged following her Oscar win. "Of course it's Photoshop. People don't look like that!" Lawrence said, breaking the illusion so carefully created by the likes of Hathaway and Vogue.
You could almost hear the rest of womankind breathing a sigh of relief at no longer having to try to look that good -- it's impossible, even for an actress as beautiful as Lawrence.
Lawrence is loved because she is relatable, yes, but also because she helps to make Hollywood itself relatable. Jennifer Lawrence offers a window onto the exclusive world of celebrity, acting as the public's unofficial Tinseltown spy and reminding us that Hollywood is nothing but smoke and mirrors.